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9/6/04 Jonathan Nissanov

Personal Space *

This is a montage of 3 images. One of my wife and I sitting, another without me in the scene, and a third of an axial MRI slice through my head. This image meets the challenge in a deeper sense than in its showing of the interior of my head in the interior of my house. The slice selected includes the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for spatial memory. This area codes for a map of the world in egocentric space. That is, memories in here are responsible for my ability to navigate through familiar locations and, for example, direct me to take a right out of our bedroom to enter the library where this image was taken. This is the ultimate of interior then, it is the interior where a memory of spatial relations such as interior and exterior are stored.

Now to a legalistic issue: does this image qualify to be in eligible? Canon cameras are great, the 20D promises to be fantastic, but none of canon's line yet provide T1 weighted, T2 weighted, or proton density scans. The MRI was obtained with a GE 1.5T clinical scanner. It is of me, but my graduate student pressed the button to initiate the scan. Furthermore the scan was obtained a few years back when I was involved in such research. The specs below apply to the rest of the image. So, Arra, how do you rule? Here or in the exhibition gallery?

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Guest 08-Sep-2004 05:17
This makes an Iso shot seem normal!!!!!!!! LOL! What a sick idea! We've got to give a special weirdness/incredible imagination award to this! ~ Lonnit
Canon DSLR Challenge07-Sep-2004 08:44
Brilliant but weird! I'm sure the forum will let you off with the added MRI image. You could have photographed it with your 10D anyway.
billy webb07-Sep-2004 02:31
Jonathan, This is brilliantly creative. I love the story here. (the wife looking amused sells the shot though!)